My summer has been loud. How about yours?
The neighbours have been going wild with a chainsaw in their yard, the digging machines rumble as they build a new ring-road around my workplace, and the sound of children yelling merrily at the daycare is background noise in my daily life as ever.
So what do I do on vacation? I visit my friends in the city--home of traffic jams and blaring sirens....and yet I revisited there a place that always brings calmness into my heart and serenity to my ears.
I went to the Nitobe Gardens on the UBC campus and walked there a while with my friend. The excursion was almost an afterthought that we fit into a whirlwind of a day.
It is an oasis of quiet in the city. And on a hot late summer afternoon it was as refreshing as a tall glass of lemonade.
It is filled with shade and dappled sunshine under trees shivering delicately in the breeze. Fat koi fish swim lazily in a pale green lagoon edged by stone lanterns and ferns. The moss grows thick on shady pathways and I slipped off my sandals to feel its coolness under my feet.
I think Tai and I need to come back here in the fall when the foliage turns red and yellow and the mists swirl over the water.
I was glad we stopped here. I think I needed it.